Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser #review #fiction


The next “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) novel from “the gifted Jessica Strawser” (Adriana Trigiani), hailed as “immensely satisfying” (Kathleen Barber) and “that book you can’t put down” (Sally Hepworth). A video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see.

The secrets it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child.

What Liza sees next will change everything.

Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled and hurt. She knows there’s no denying what she saw.

Or is there?

In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own.

And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either.

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Forget You Know Me is a “twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale” (bestselling author Emily Carpenter) about the wounds of people who’ve grown apart. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain.

One moment will change things for them all.


Liza and Molly have been friends since they were children. They have drifted apart in recent years because well, basically life happens. Liza now lives in Chicago and Molly lives in Cincinnati. These two decide to try and rekindle their friendship over a Skype call and a glass of wine. When Molly leaves the call for a few minutes to check on the children, Liza sees a masked intruder enter Molly’s home. After a 911 call and a long drive to Cincinnati, Molly is rude to Liza and this leaves Liza to question exactly what is going on.

This story starts with a bang. Then it begins a slow paced tale about family and friends relationships. Not only is Molly’s relationship with Liza on the brink, so is her relationship with her husband, Daniel. Their marriage has its share of past hurts and damages. I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of Molly. I did not like how she treated Liza at the beginning.

The story itself is much slower than I like. Plus, I felt the characters could have been more in-depth. After the scene with the mask intruder, that is pretty much it for thriller section. This is more about friendship and family.

I received this novel from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for a honest review.

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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser #review #fiction

  1. It dragged for me, but I liked it.

    Thanks for sharing your review.

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